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Aug 15, 2017

Ninth Circuit: Employer’s Good Faith Reliance on HR Director is Not a Defense for Any I-9 Form Compliance Violations – Civil Penalty in the Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars

On August 7, 2017, the Ninth Circuit affirmed a several hundred thousand dollar penalty against a Phoenix, Arizona employer for violating several provisions of the United States Code related to an employer’s statutory requirement when hiring any and all employees: the Form I-9.

In DLS Precision FAB LLC v. Immigration & Customs Enforcement, a custom sheet metal fabrication company— DLS Precision Fab LLC (“DLS”)—experienced great growth due to its contracts with the United States Department of Defense. » Read More

Jul 19, 2017

USA Employer Eligibility Verification – Form I-9 Updates – Immediate Release

Employers must have a Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, for every person on their payroll who is required to complete Form I-9. All of these forms must be retained for a certain period of time.  While the I-9 Update makes doesn’t make any material changes to the I-9 Instructions, it does make changes to the documents acceptable in support of Form I-9.  » Read More

Dec 29, 2014

Increased Federal Scrutiny Warrants Another Look at I-9 Compliance

Last month, we talked about 1-9 requirements here.

This month, I was interviewed by The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel regarding I-9 Compliance.

Below is a more detailed description of I-9 requirements and steps a company can take to avoid inadvertent errors:

The I-9 form is required for every employee of the company, including its officers, executives or partners. It is important to remember that the review and certification of an employee’s documents must be done in person with the original documents.» Read More

Nov 19, 2014

Another Round of ICE with Your I-9? Make Sure Your US Employees are “Eligible” Employees

As you are probably aware by now, the Immigration and Nationality Act (“INA”) requires employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all individuals hired in the United States after November 6, 1986. Employers are required by law to maintain for inspection original Forms I-9 for all current employees. The I-9 documentation requirement even applies to former employees, who must maintain Forms I-9 are required for a period of at least three years from the date of hire or for one year after the employee is no longer employed, whichever is longer.» Read More

May 21, 2013

Would You Like ICE with Your I-9?

In the SEA M&A Liquidity Advisor Newsletter, I am discussing what business owners should know about I-9 audits.

Unless you’ve been hunting in the Outback for the last few years, you should be deeply aware of government’s concern regarding the employment of undocumented workers. In fact, the Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has dramatically stepped up its audit and enforcement activity, otherwise known as I-9 audits.  

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